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A brown, fatty, waxlike substance that forms on dead animal tissues in response to moisture.

[adipo(se) + Latin cēra, wax.]
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(ˌædɪpəʊˈsɪə; ˈædɪpəʊˌsɪə)
(Biochemistry) a waxlike fatty substance formed during the decomposition of corpses. Nontechnical name: grave-wax
[C19: via French from New Latin adiposus fat (see adipose) + French cire wax]
adipocerous adj
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